Force Policies - 1233/20

Date Responded 21 September 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. What is the Forces' Policy on videoing police officers whilst on duty
  2. What is the Forces' Policy on the bastardization of MANDATORY internal reporting forms by police officers - namely the MG5
  3. What is the Forces' Policy for dealing with Military Veterans with mental health problems

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with various departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is not held by Northumbria Police.

With regards to the policies specified by your request above we can advise that no such policies are held.  However, please note the following caveats:

  • Point 1 - We have taken this to mean a policy regarding members of the public videoing of officers whilst carrying out their duties.
  • Point 2 - Forms such as MG5 are computer generated and corporate templates where information is added to them on the IT platform.
  • Point 3 - From a Mental Health Policy perspective Northumbria Police have a Street Triage team which is a partnership between Northumbria Police and Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear (CNTW) Mental Health Trust.  The team work 7 days a week from 10am to 3am and can be deployed to any member of the public who is in need of support around Mental Health Crisis.  For lower level Mental Health concerns identified Northumbria Police officers can make a referral into our Multi-agency Safeguarding Hubs which have a pathway for CNTW.  In addition based within our Custody Suites we have CNTW Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion nurses who can provide support to detained persons around their Mental Health.


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